Colorado State University among the Top in Nation according to Forbes’ Annual Ranking of Top Colleges

Colorado State University is ranked among the best schools in the nation in Forbes’ annual ranking of the Top Colleges for 2011. Colorado State ranked 61st among public universities.

Colorado State also made the Forbes Top 100 Best Buy Colleges list, ranking 45th among all private and public universities.

The Top Colleges list ranks the 650 best undergraduate institutions – or the top 20 percent of all undergraduate institutions. The rankings are based on five general categories: post-graduate success, student satisfaction, debt, four-year graduation rate and competitive awards.

Colorado State also was named as one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review last week. The education services company is featuring the school in the new 2012 edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 376 Colleges." Princeton Review also named Colorado State as one of the "Best Western Colleges."

In addition to being featured on Forbes America’s Top Colleges list for 2011 and as one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education by Princeton Review, Colorado State has received several other national recognitions recently. Among the highlights:

– This month, CSU is featured in the 2012 edition of The Fiske Guide to Colleges. The Fiske Guide to Colleges features over 300 of the country’s best and most interesting colleges and universities.

– In June, Diverse Issues In Higher Education listed CSU among the Top 100 Producers of Minority Degrees for 2011. The rankings include institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students.

– In April, Princeton Review named CSU as one of the nation’s top colleges with a strong commitment to sustainability initiatives and activities because of its many green initiatives including a new minor in sustainability, a 5.3-megawatt solar plant, biomass boiler and graywater testing in residence halls.

– In March, U.S. News and World Report ranked CSU’s veterinary medicine professional doctorate program in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in the top three among programs of its kind throughout the United States. The graduate program in the Department of Occupational Therapy in the College of Applied Human Sciences, a “Program of Excellence” designated by the state of Colorado, ranked 8th in the nation.

– In January, CSU was ranked among the 2011 “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” by Kiplinger’s. Kiplinger’s methodology for determining the best values in public education includes data on more than 500 top public institutions and quality measures such as admission rate, test scores of incoming freshmen and four- and six-year graduation rates. Also part of the ranking is cost data including tuition, fees, room and board and financial aid for in-state and out-of-state students. Institutions listed among the top values are based on a combination of academic quality and affordability.

– U.S. News and World Report ranked CSU in the top tier of best universities in the nation in the 2011 "America’s Best Colleges” edition. The magazine listed CSU in the top tier of public and private doctoral universities, ranking the university No. 60 among public universities, up from No. 64 last year.

– CSU is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education and one of the 120 “Best in the West,” according to The Princeton Review, a New York-based education services company. Only 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges surveyed were listed in “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region” at CSU also ranked as one of the best overall 373 colleges in the new 2011 edition of Princeton’s annual guide.

– CSU’s College of Business offers one of the best MBA programs in the nation and in the Western United States, according to The Princeton Review. CSU’s business college is among 300 colleges listed in the 2011 edition of Princeton Review’s “The Best 300 Business Schools.”

– CSU ranks third in the nation in the number of undergraduate alumni per capita serving in the Peace Corps and 10th overall among all universities and colleges for the number of alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers, according to the most recent rankings by the Peace Corps. CSU consistently lands in the top 15 among universities and colleges with more than 15,000 undergraduates.